Oct 28, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

Sometimes I think we are making headway as parents, and figuring out a few things, and even maybe, we're doing a pretty good job for a few days with our little girl. Then, we have days like Saturday and I realize, I'm clueless. 

After my sister and niece left Saturday morning, Reagan, SM, and I headed to the pumpkin patch we usually visit this time of year. We arrived a little after lunch. It was hot and I could tell SM wasn't feeling herself. But I thought it was just the heat and maybe that she was tired from having her cousin with her for the past few days. We started making our rounds to all the usual spots she likes to visit while at this farm. 

We made it to the jumper that she enjoys so much. It's basically a jump house without walls or a top. Last year she jumped for a long time on this. On Saturday, she walked around on it a minute or two, jumped a couple times then sat down. 

Normally, we visit the pumpkin area first, I get a few pictures, then we change her clothes and let her play. On this particular day, she was so whiney. She said she didn't want to go do anything except maybe play a little. So, I changed her clothes, with her whining almost the entire time, and let her play. She milked the cows first. 

We then went to the little barn and looked as some of the animals. 

Next, she wanted something to eat. And the choices - oh, so healthy.

Reagan got her an ear of corn. She ate it like it was her job. 

Next, she rode the train.

Then we had some funnel cake. She seemed to be feeling a little better and enjoying herself more. She walked around looking for a pumpkin so that we could head home. I have never met anyone, other than her daddy, that takes so long to pick out one item. 

Finally, she found the pumpkin that satisfied her. We picked it up and headed home. 

We had about an hour or so drive home. She slept almost the entire ride. She seemed out of things when we got home, and she continued to be so whiney. So, we checked her temperature and she was running fever. I felt so terrible that we had dragged her around a pumpkin patch all day even when she felt so bad. We gave her some children's Motrin and she began to feel a little better. 

I kept her home Sunday morning, although I hated for us to miss church. Reagan came home after lunch and we all laid on the couches to watch TV. It wasn't long before Reagan was asleep. Then, a little while later, I looked over and SM was asleep. She slept for almost 3 hours.

She has felt better after resting so much and having some medicine. She normally has a bout with sinus problems and congestion once or twice a year. We're thinking that's what it is. I'm sure she'll be back to her normal, active self by the weekend. 
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Oct 27, 2014

Pics with baby cousin, Amandah

One of my sisters and her daughter spent a couple nights with us last week. I had the bright idea that I'd take her daughter and SM out Saturday morning and take a few Christmas-themed photos with them. They did not make that job easy. Here are just a few of the photos I edited. 

Here are a few more that are SOOC.

Those girls played and played while they were here. They also argued a little, but that's what girls do. I'm glad we got to see them for a little while. 

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Oct 21, 2014

MS State Fair 2014

The State Fair comes to town every October. We planned to take SM the first weekend of the Fair but her behavior caused us to rethink that. So, the second weekend of the Fair we decided to go play.

She has a closet full of sweet, cute clothes. I wanted to dress her in something really cute and take my good camera with us and take some pictures of her. She had something else in mind. I said, "Please let me dress you cute so that I can take pictures." She said, "I don't want to dress cute. I want to dress like me." And so she did. 

Cousin Daphney was at SueSue's for the weekend, so we picked her up to go with us. She's not quite as much of a daredevil as our SM. But she did come out of her comfort zone a little. It was hot, but I think they had a great time. 

One of our favorite things about the Fair is the food. We rode a few rides, then the girls wanted a snack. Our first stop was for funnel cakes. SM couldn't even wait for a picture before having a bite. 

After funnel cakes we had corn dogs and chicken-on-a-stick. Then we visited the petting zoo. Well, SM and Reagan visited the petting zoo. Daphney and I sat. And we were both perfectly ok with that. 

The girls both decided they were up to riding the next ride. It is like Tower of Terror on a much smaller scale. SM loves it. Daphney tolerated it. 

Before we left, we had to visit with Mr. Percy and his exotic animals. This next picture cracks me up. Daphney didn't want to touch the snake, but she was cheesin' for the photo. 

The girls and Reagan ended the morning with Coke Icees. Then we headed to SueSue's for a little while before heading home to watch a little football. 
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